SEPTEMBER 18, 2020

FPS Family Newsletter | 20-21 Issue 10

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Please see the video update below, which includes a message from Dr. Judy Mueller (District Administrator), Lori O'Neil (Elementary/Rec Dept Nurse) and Molly Kaul (FHS/FPMS Nurse).
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FPS Health Updates 9-18-20

MASKS WILL CONTINUE

As shared in yesterday's message from Dr. Mueller, Franklin Public Schools will continue to have all staff, students and any other person on school premises at any time required to wear a mask. That requirement will continue after September 28th when the statewide mask requirement is scheduled to expire. This decision has been made in collaboration with the Franklin Health Department.

We will continue to make exceptions for students with medical conditions that prevent them from wearing a mask. We are also continuing to look for the best opportunities for students to safely remove masks for limited breaks or curricular activities.

MONITORING & TRANSITION DASHBOARD

Also shared in Thursday's message from Dr. Mueller was the way in which we are monitoring data across the district related to COVID-19. Our new dashboard was released, which you can find permanently parked online at our FPS Reopening Doors page. Our plan is to update this every Friday for going forward so families have a better understanding of how our schools are operating.


A snapshot of the dashboard is below and if you click on it, you can see all the detail better in full screen on your device.

FOOD SERVICE UPDATES & CHANGES

IN-PERSON FAMILIES DO NOT NEED TO COMPLETE FOOD FORM ANYMORE

Now that we are a few weeks into school, we do not need to collect meal interest requests from in-person families anymore. We did this for the first few weeks of school to get a better gauge on food we would need to order. Thank you to those of you that filled this out for your in-person students.

VIRTUAL FAMILIES - PLEASE COMPLETE FOOD FORM

If you have a virtual student and you are planning on ordering a lunch during the week of September 28, we ask that you complete this meal interest survey indicating your lunch preferences by 11:59pm this coming Tuesday, September 22. Filling this out a week ahead of when needed helps our food services team to better plan for the upcoming weeks and improve the lunch experience for your child. The pick-up time for meals remains 8:30 to 9:00 Monday thru Friday at FPMS.

USDA FREE MEALS CONTINUES

As shared over the last few weeks, starting this past Monday, September 14 and running through December 31, 2020 (or until funds are exhausted), all children can receive free meals. Per the USDA, Franklin Public Schools is now part of the program to make lunch meals available at no cost to all children age 18 and younger regardless of free/reduced lunch status. Some reminders about this program:

  • The USDA program will provide one free meal per student per day.

  • Student allergen information will not be available at the point of distribution of the meals

  • If you have allergen concerns, please view the online menu and discuss with your child(ren) the allergens in that day's meals.

  • Students at the high school and middle school can still purchase an additional entree if they choose

  • Individual milk purchases, separate from a meal, are not free under this program, so the student’s lunch account will be charged.


We are happy we can provide this service to the children of Franklin!

WHAT TO DO IF QUARANTINED/ISOLATED CHILD AT HOME?

If you have a child at home that has recently been quarantined as a close contact or isolated as a positive COVID-19 case, please contact your home school’s head cook (contact information here) and you can arrange for lunch pickup for the days your child(ren) is/are at home.

PARENT/GUARDIAN GOOGLE CLASSROOM EMAIL SUMMARY

There is some confusion about the Parent/Guardian Google Classroom email summary. Parents/Guardians that are added by the teacher to Google Classroom do not "get access" to Google Classroom. Parents/Guardians will get a weekly email summary that looks like the image below. They will get one summary per child for all Google Classrooms the child is connected to. This is what the summary email looks like:

LIVE STREAMS OF FHS EVENTS!

The "Saber Roar" YouTube channel will host all FHS streaming events as well as upcoming episodes of The Saber Roar broadcast. Check out the YouTube Channel at the link below and subscribe so you can stay up to date on the pride or check out recent videos (including this week's Soccer and Volleyball events) www.youtube.com/c/thesaberroar

OPERATION WARM IS HERE!

Cold weather is coming. Operation Warm is here to help!


Do you need help getting a coat and/or snow pants for your child this winter. Please contact Brandi Clauff, School Social Worker, to sign up: 414-525-5007


Thank you to the Franklin Fire Department for making Operation Warm possible!

ANNUAL NOTICES UPDATED

The school district regularly updates many of our policies and procedures in our “Annual Notices” document which you can find housed on the communications page of our website (or here if you want to access them directly). Please reference the Annual Notices if you are looking for updated information on any of the following:


  • Academic Standards
  • Asbestos Management Plan
  • Confidentiality of Student Records
  • Educational Options

  • Education for Employment Program

  • Homeless Education Assistance Meal Charge Policy

  • Meningococcal Disease Information

  • National School Lunch Program Non-Discrimination Policy

  • Nondiscrimination Title IX

  • Nondiscrimination in Career and Technical Education Program and Curriculum Modifications

  • Programs for English Language Learners

  • Prohibited Use of Electronic Communication Devices

  • School Accountability Report Card

  • School Performance Data

  • School Wellness Policy

  • Special Education

  • Special Education Scholarship Program

  • Student Assessments

  • Student Locker Search and Seizure

  • Student Privacy

  • Student Religious Accommodations

  • Title I

  • Voluntary Student Transfer Program (Chapter 220)

HEALTH REMINDERS

Below are the different infographics we have been sharing related to COVID-19, symptoms to watch for, next steps to take and how to return to school if you have been quarantined or isolated.
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MASK UP, FRANKLIN!

The Franklin Educational Foundation, in partnership with the PTA/PTO's at each school, is working to support and off-set the costs of additional supplies throughout the school year and we need your help!

Every day our team at Franklin Public Schools works to make the lives of students better by planning for and supporting the best education during the pandemic. The district has an initial supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as face masks, sanitizer and other health- related necessities. The FEF and PTA/PTO's are partnering together to work on this campaign to help with additional supplies throughout the school year.


You can lend your support to our students, teachers, and staff with a donation of additional face masks and other items.


Here are a few ways YOU can make a difference:


  1. Donate money through our portal here and masks, lanyards and other equipment will be purchased.
  2. Purchase masks and items through our Amazon wishlist. Items will be directly delivered to the Franklin Educational Foundation.
  3. Donate homemade "2-ply-or-more" masks or store-purchased items to the Franklin Educational Foundation at 8255 W. Forest Hill Ave. (Items should be individually wrapped.)


Donations can be dropped off at the Franklin Public Schools Education and Community Center, 8255 W. Forest Hill Avenue. Our Health Team is requesting that all masks and equipment be directly donated at this location vs. your child's school in order to effectively monitor the supply. Masks will then be distributed to the schools as needed.


Thank you for your contribution!

The Franklin Educational Foundation & Your PTA/PTO

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